Illinois House of Representatives Luis Arroyo: Charged by Feds


Luis Arroyo*

Luis Arroyo, 3rd District, State of Illinois Representative appeared in the Dirksen Federal U.S. Court House, 219 S Dearborn St, this morning, charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

The attempted bribe was to an un-named State Senator who Arroyo wanted to support legislation for video gambling sweepstakes games that would benefit an Arroyo client. 

In his House seat since 2006, Arroyo, 65, is the Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois House. He is also a registered lobbyist with the City of Chicago and manages Spartacus 3 LLC, a private lobbying firm, which he operates out of his legislative office. 


Illinois House of Representative's 3rd District includes part of Logan Square (Click to enlarge)

According to the complaint, Arroyo offered a $2,500 per month payment to the Senator on Aug. 2, 2019, and 20 days later gave him the initial payment in a Skokie restaurant with follow-up payments to be made over the next six to twelve months. The complaint states, to conceal the illegal payment, the check was made payable to a nominee of the senator. 

This charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison. 

Michael J. Madigan, President of the Illinois House of Representatives, put out a statement saying, "The charges filed against Representative Arroyo are very serious. We have already contacted Representative Arroyo’s counsel to determine whether he will resign as state representative."

Arroyo's attorney said he would step down as Chair of the Appropriations-Capital committee.

"I urge Representative Arroyo to resign from the House of Representatives, effective immediately. If he refuses, I will take the necessary steps to begin the process to remove him from office," says Madigan.

“Additionally, I have instructed my staff to begin bringing together stakeholders and experts to closely examine our ethics and lobbying laws and find ways to strengthen existing law.” 

Delia Ramirez, 4th District Illinois State Representative, says, "I'm saddened to hear the news of allegations of corruption from Re. Arroyo. I encourage Rep. Arroyo to resign as State Representative, immediately."


Luis Arroyo Jr.

Arroyo's son, Luis Jr., who left his Chicago Department of Water truck driver job after beating out Edwin Reyes for Cook County Commissioner in 2014, was also in the news this year. 

Arroyo Jr. attempted to get a $250 parking ticket dismissed for someone who works for a Chicago alderman. Giving an involved story that focused on the fact he was just "testing" the system, Arroyo Jr.'s story appeared to be believed by no one.

A report from Inspector General Patrick Blanchard’s office, on the case concluded that Arroyo's account of the incident “strains credulity.”

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